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August 3, 2001 - August 4, 2001

10 injured in transformer blast Saturday, August 4, 2001

The Times of India News Service
SURAT: Ten people were injured, three of them seriously, when a high-voltage transformer of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) exploded on the outskirts of the city on Friday, police said.
Police said the incident occurred when the victims were having tea at a stall opposite the factory and added that fire fighters rushed to the spot and helped put out the fire.

The injured were admitted to two local hospitals for treatment.
( PTI )

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State investors want Sinha's scalp Friday, August 3, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD/VADODARA: First it was Madhavpura that saw the hard-earned money of more than a lakh depositors of Gujarat being frozen suddenly. But much more damning and widespread in terms of impact is the news that the value of thousands of crores parked in various UTI schemes is fast shrinking, thanks to the ill-advised investment decisions.

And considering the fact that almost a quarter of investments in UTI are from Gujarat (according to estimates of the Gujarat Investors and Shareholders' Association), it shouldn't be a surprise that there are a lot of people in the state who would like Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha to accept responsibility for the scams and quit.

"Like the railway ministers quit when there are major railway accidents, the finance minister must also accept moral responsibility for the scam," says Gujarat Investors and Shareholders' Association president Chinubhai Shah.

He says the faith of the people in an institution like UTI had been completely shaken. "He Sinha cannot shirk his responsibility," says Shah, adding that "a section of depositors definitely feel that the finance minister should quit". He says the investors in Gujarat had suffered multiple blows in the wake of the share market slide, Madhavpura scam and the UTI scandal.

"There has been a continuous erosion in holdings of lakhs of families and they are completely disillusioned." Neeraj Doshi, a wholesaler of watches, who has not been able to carry on normal business since the collapse of the MMCB, trains his entire frustration on Sinha for delaying the Madhavpura notification after the formula was accepted by all parties on June 20.

"When an announcement comes from the finance minister himself then his words should be final. But in case of Yashwant Sinha we cannot say so. A slight delay on our part in filing returns attracts penalty so why shouldn't a minister be penalised for delay on his part in meeting commitment of the public," Doshi fumes.

Nayan Parikh & Consultants proprietor Nayan Parikh feels that the FM as conscientious political worker should put in his paper on the issue of the UTI fiasco. "After the UTI chairman, if there is someone who should own his responsibility and resign, it is the FM," says Parikh.

Even the BJP's aides in the NDA are not happy with Sinha. "Gujarat has always been provided a step-motherly treatment by the Centre and its still happening. We may be a partner in the NDA but we are Gujarati first and the state's interests come before party allegiance," says Samata Party convenor in Vadodara and deputy mayor Shalesh Sotta Mehta. "The largest number of investors in the US-64 scheme were from Gujarat and they have all been hit hard. Similar has been the case in the Madhavpura Bank scam where the finance ministry has failed to take any concrete action yet," says Mehta.

"The Rs 400 crore doled out till now for earthquake relief will also take us nowhere. It's a small amount given the enormity of the destruction and only a small portion of what was pledged," he adds. Vadodara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) honorary secretary Nilesh Shukla feels in case of the Madhavpura Bank scam, lot of promises were made but nothing came out of it.

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'Incentives for some mean disincentives' Friday, August 3, 2001

A STAFF REPORTER, The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR: Senior Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Ghanshyam Shah said the emphasis in the planned Bill on population-control favouring only incentives would automatically mean giving disincentives to others. Prof Shah, the main speaker at the last week's Ahmedabad workshop on two-child norm, said, "According to my information, the draft Bill seeks to give incentives like more water works, better health care and school facilities to the villages that achieve a certain population-control target."

Speaking on telephone from New Delhi, Prof Shah, who is at the JNU's Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, said, "This would mean that if a tribal village is unable to achieve the population-control norm, it would be deprived of the incentive. The incentive would automatically be converted into disincentive." He added, "The problem would particularly become more acute with the villages having more than one caste communities. There is a danger that the oppressed sections may be forced by the upper crust rural elite to go in for sterilisation."

Pointing out that 95 per cent of the population is now convinced about the need to have small family norms, and now there is only a need to further carry on the task of already accomplished, Prof Shah said, "The National Population Policy 2000 does not talk of incentives or disincentives. Its approach is to achieve population stabilisation in three stages. To quote, it would try to achieve the

* Short-term objective of "unmet needs for contraception, health care infrastructure and health personnel and to provide integrated service deliveries for basic reproductive and child health care";

* Medium-term objective of bringing "the total fertility rate to replacement levels by 2010 through inter-sectoral strategies";

* And long-term objective of "stable population by 2045 at a level consistent with the requirement of sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental protection".

Emphasising that the national policy particularly speaks about nations in the new millennium being judged by "levels of health, nutrition, education, civil and political liberties enjoyed by the citizens and by the protection guaranteed to children and by provisions made for the vulnerable and disabled," Prof Shah said, "It seems the state government does not want to do any of this. It does not want population stabilisation. This way it will deprive the poor and the minorities of certain rights."

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Science Olympiad qualification test in Nov Friday, August 3, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education Mumbai (HBCSE) have invited applications from students wishing to participate in the forthcoming International Science Olympiad 2001-2002.

The two organisations have jointly organised entrance tests for school students wanting to participate in the Olympiad. The three entrance tests for biology, physics and chemistry have been scheduled for November 18. Questions will be based on the NCERT syllabi up to standard XII.

The IAPT said students who participated in the International Olympiad had performed well. Three students received gold medals in physics and two received silver medals.

The IAPT has requested parents and schoolteachers to motivate their children to sit the entrance examination, which will test students at the national level. The IAPT will honour the toppers. There are prizes to be won too.

Those schools who wish to help their students take the entrance tests should register their institution (free of charge) by requesting for a centre where the National Standard Examination in physics, chemistry and biology will be held. They should write to prof RM Dharkar, exam co-ordinator, 1/22 Devendu, Mithibunder Road, Thane East, Mumbai-400603.

Interested students have to pay Rs 50 for physics test alone, or Rs 100 for physics and chemistry and/or biology. The last date for enrolment is September 11.

For more information contact Madhuben Shah on 322348; Community Science Centre, Vadodara, on 282115; or IAPT observer PK Dasgupta on 632144.

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Science Olympiad qualification test in Nov Friday, August 3, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education Mumbai (HBCSE) have invited applications from students wishing to participate in the forthcoming International Science Olympiad 2001-2002.

The two organisations have jointly organised entrance tests for school students wanting to participate in the Olympiad. The three entrance tests for biology, physics and chemistry have been scheduled for November 18. Questions will be based on the NCERT syllabi up to standard XII.

The IAPT said students who participated in the International Olympiad had performed well. Three students received gold medals in physics and two received silver medals.

The IAPT has requested parents and schoolteachers to motivate their children to sit the entrance examination, which will test students at the national level. The IAPT will honour the toppers. There are prizes to be won too.

Those schools who wish to help their students take the entrance tests should register their institution (free of charge) by requesting for a centre where the National Standard Examination in physics, chemistry and biology will be held. They should write to prof RM Dharkar, exam co-ordinator, 1/22 Devendu, Mithibunder Road, Thane East, Mumbai-400603.

Interested students have to pay Rs 50 for physics test alone, or Rs 100 for physics and chemistry and/or biology. The last date for enrolment is September 11.

For more information contact Madhuben Shah on 322348; Community Science Centre, Vadodara, on 282115; or IAPT observer PK Dasgupta on 632144.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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